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Game Notes- Detroit Red Wings vs. Ottawa Senators

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

George Malik has a complete preview of tonight's game against the Ottawa Senators.

Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen has the question of the morning.



Game notes are below...

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All Mike Greeen

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A key stat of yours that jumped out to me was ice time. You exceeded 20 minutes of ice time in 10 of your first 19 games, but only in 11 of the past 46. Now some of these games you're in the 19:50s range so take that for what it's worth, but it's not around 22, 23, 24 or 25 as it had been for you in the past. Has playing fewer minutes been better for your overall game?

"Well, I definitely enjoy playing a lot of minutes and sort of a more prominent role, but in this case this is my role now for this team and I think it's helped me in the sense of being able to stay healthy throughout the season. When you log a lot of minutes and you are an offensive defenseman you can get targeted at times, and in that case you can sustain injuries. It's been a good balance. I'm comfortable with my role right now. Sometimes you've gotta put your ego aside for the betterment of the team."

Do you think this team is better suited to win a championship this season than even the team that won the Presidents' Trophy in 2009-10?

"Oh absolutely. It's feelings. I think we're definitely more structured than we've ever been. The whole team has bought into that structure. The relationship and camaraderie outside the rink is the best it's ever been. I think we're getting older and a little more mature in the sense that we're all focusing on the same thing now."


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Video- Brett Ritchie Gets 2 Minutes For High-Sticking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Should he have received more for this?


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Happy 87th Birthday To Gordie Howe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Video- Recap Of Last Night’s Six NHL Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

All the highlights from the NHL games on Monday night.


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The overnight report: Red Wings-Senators set-up

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Despite the "stat that tells the story" and Monday's chatter about the Red Wings' goaltending, we (as in you and me, Red Wings fans) find ourselves exactly where we were after Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Islanders as you, I and the Red Wings prepare for tonight and Thursday's really-really-really-close-to-must-win games against the Ottawa Senators (tonight at 7:30 PM EDT on FSD/TSN 5/RDS/97.1 FM) and Thursday's affair vs. the Boston Bruins:

The Red Wings sit three points ahead of the Boston Bruins, who come to town on Thursday and play the Florida Panthers this evening, and the Wings sit six points ahead of the Senators, and the Wings hold advantages in terms of wins and standings-tie-breaking Regulation-or-Overtime Wins.

Ottawa comes into tonight's game having dropped a 4-2 decision to the Florida Panthers and having dropped 3 straight games after a 7-game winning streak, but their March record is 10-3-and-2 as opposed to Detroit's 5-8-and-1.

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Power Play Issues For The New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post, 

It seems like the Rangers have been trying to solve this problem forever, and they can never quite find the right solution.

The power play has been close to a decade-long bugaboo for the Blueshirts, seemingly never a strength and always a source of frustration. If it has had its moments this season — which it has — right now, at the most critical time with the playoffs approaching, it has gone absolutely dormant.

“It’s not nearly good enough, without a doubt,” coach Alain Vigneault said after Sunday’s 0-for-5 performance over 7:21 of man-advantage time during a 5-2 loss to the Capitals at the Garden. “We’re going to take a look at some tape and make the adjustments we need to make.”


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Bad Karma Boston?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The race for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference is apparently over.

The Senators have lost.

At least, that's the message being delivered by the Boston Bruins, who late Monday afternoon gave notice on Twitter that tickets for the B's first round Stanley Cup playoff games go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.

With the Bruins holding a three-point edge on the Senators, and having played one more game, some of their fans were unimpressed.

"We haven't made it yet," tweeted one of them.

"I almost feel like this is tempting fate," added another.

"Thanks in advance for jinxing us," stated a third.


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On the eve of his 87th birthday, Mr. Hockey has ‘good days and bad days’—but he has them

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

As Paul noted, the Detroit News's Gregg Krupa penned an article about Gordie Howe's 87th birthday, which is tomorrow, and Krupa reports that the Howe family continue to take things "day by day" with their dad...

The first 7,500 fans entering Joe Louis Arena for the game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday between the Red Wings and Senators will receive a bobble-head doll that commemorates Howe.

The family, friends and a caregiver went out for a birthday dinner last week, his son said. And, if his father is up to it, a barbecue or something similar might be on tap for today, down in Texas.

"We're just trying to treat every day as special," [Mark] Howe said, "not just because it's his birthday."

And that's what the Free Press's Helene St. James reports, too:

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St. James, Pleiness, Khan: Cole and Sheahan ‘possible’ for Wings-Sens game

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' beat writers received their injury update a little late in the afternoon/early evening, so:

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